Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Simeon GALLUP

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2014
Row #4, Grave #308-10-071, GPS 41.41683 N - 71.97196 W
(Transcript from Hale Survey)
 Gallup, Simeon, died Apr. 13, 1836, age 54
(Note: The Hale shows his age at death as 54, but the stone shows it as being in his 55th year
Special Edition: Simeon GALLUP

Simeon GALLUP is buried next to his brother James GALLUP and his wife Sally STODDARD.  Simeon was the youngest child of seven in his family and died unmarried. 

Simeon was the son of Deacon Benadam GALLUP and his wife Bridget PALMER. His brother James left him a share of land and so I went looking for a will and probate record for Simeon to learn more about him. 

His will begins with the statement that Simeon GALLUP was in a state of feeble health (at 55) but sound mind. His signature is strong and readable.

The will says that Simeon GALLUP left the marsh land on Six Penney Island to his nephew Simeon FISH, son of Bridget GALLUP and Sands FISH of Mystic. (Sands, Bridget and Simeon Fish are buried in the Old Fish Burying Ground. That was the first graveyard I photographed and researched in this blog!

In the current Gallup genealogy (2009), Simeon is listed with his family on page 177 as #1309. He was born 29 Sept 1781 and died on 13 Apr 1836. All of his brothers and sisters were married. 

His estate and inventory was sizable at fifteen thousand dollars and included shares in ships and schooners.  

He left money to the Third Baptist Church in Groton, CT whose minister, Rev. Erastus Denison (1791-1864) (Denison Genealogy #1232 p. 43) is mentioned. 

Simeon GALLUP's nieces and nephews are mentioned including my ancestors, Lavina Fish and her husband Isaac Denison, Jr. in this paragraph:

Inflation Calculator: 

What cost $15000.00 in 1836 would cost $326449.69 in 2015.
This really connects my Gallup, Fish and Denison ancestors together.  It helps explain why my 2nd great grandmother Eliza Fish DENISON was living with Simeon FISH's family in 1850 before her marriage in 1856 to Dudley Wheeler STEWART. I inherited a table from that household. It was in my bedroom since I was a teenager.  (photo of table)

What an exciting find for my genealogy records!

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